Review Lens: Carl Zeiss Milvus 1.4/35 ZF2 Nikon

Lens Overview - Carl Zeiss Milvus 1.4 /35

Characterized by its fast maximum aperture and advanced optical design, the Nikon F-mount Milvus 35mm f/1.4 ZF.2 from ZEISS is a versatile wide-angle prime well-suited to an array of subjects, ranging from portraiture to landscape shooting. Its bright f/1.4 maximum aperture greatly benefits working in difficult lighting conditions and also offers enhanced control over depth of field for using selective focus techniques. Complementing the focusing control is a sophisticated Distagon-type optical design, which employs one rear aspherical element and five anomalous partial dispersion elements to control both spherical and chromatic aberrations for improved sharpness and clarity. An enhanced ZEISS T* anti-reflective coating has also been applied to significantly reduce ghosting and lens flare for improved contrast and color fidelity.

The manual focus design is complemented by a rubberized focus ring for fine-tuned, precise control over your focus position. Additionally, Milvus-series lenses also feature an equally aesthetic and durable frosted, anodized metal lens-barrel surface along with a weather-sealed construction to protect against dust and moisture.

Wide-angle prime is designed for FX-format Nikon F-mount cameras, however can also be used with DX models where it provides a 52.5mm equivalent focal length.
Impressively bright f/1.4 maximum aperture is well-suited for working in low-light conditions and also provides greater control over the focus position when using shallow depth of field techniques.
Distagon optical concept affords high sharpness, well-corrected image quality from edge-to-edge, and very low field curvature.
Five anomalous partial dispersion elements are used to significantly reduce color fringing and chromatic aberrations for increased clarity and color fidelity.
One aspherical element controls distortion and spherical aberrations in order to produce greater sharpness and more accurate rendering.
ZEISS T* anti-reflective coating has been applied to each lens surface to help minimize reflections and provide greater contrast and color fidelity.
Floating elements system helps to maintain consistent image quality throughout the entire focusing range, from 11.8" to infinity.
Manual focus design is benefitted by focusing and depth of field scales along with hard stops at both infinity and minimum focusing positions.
Manual aperture ring has clicked indicators throughout aperture range. Using the included De-Click Tool, this ring can be mechanically 'de-clicked' for smooth, silent rotation throughout the aperture range; making it ideal for video applications.
Weather-resistant construction includes internal seals to guard against dust and moisture as well as a blue sealing ring at the lens mount to protect the lens-camera interface.
All-metal lens barrel has a frosted, anodized surface along with a rubberized focusing ring for both durability and improved tactile control.

Carl Zeiss Milvus 1.4 /35 Latest Price



Focal Length35mm
Maximum Aperturef/1.4
Minimum Aperturef/16
Lens MountNikon F
Format CompatibilityFull-Frame
Angle of View65°
Minimum Focus Distance11.81" / 30 cm
Maximum Magnification0.22x
Optical Design14 Elements in 11 Groups
Diaphragm Blades9, Rounded
Focus TypeManual Focus
Image StabilizationNone
Filter Size72 mm (Front)
Dimensions (ø x L)3.35 x 4.96" / 85 x 126 mm
Weight2.49 lb / 1131 g

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Lens Technical

Carl Zeiss Milvus 1.4/35 ZF2 NikonSigma 105mm F1.4 DG HSM ASigma 105mm F1.4 DG HSM A Sigma
Name Carl Zeiss Milvus 1.4/35 ZF2 NikonSigma 105mm F1.4 DG HSM A Sony FESigma 105mm F1.4 DG HSM A Sigma
Max Aperture At Min Focal f/1.4f/1.4f/1.4
Year 201720182018
Mount Type Nikon F FXSony FESigma SA
Lens Type Lens Wide,lens MediumLens TelephotoLens Telephoto
Auto Focus NoNoNo
Price $2000
Lens Zoom PrimePrimePrime
Lens Range 35105105
Zoom Factor 111
Weight 1lb1lb1lb
Macro NoNoNo
Launch Date Jun. 2017Feb. 2018Feb. 2018
Brand Carl ZeissSigmaSigma


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